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Small Business Administration

HUBZone and Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act Amendments (October 23, 2017)

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program North American Industry Classification System Code Updates (October 11, 2017)

Rules of Practice for Protests and Appeals Regarding Eligibility for Inclusion in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Verification and Evaluation Database (September 29, 2017)

Small Business Size Standards:  Adoption of 2017 North American Industry Classification System for Size Standards (September 27, 2017)

Small Business Size Standards:  Class Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule.  (September 18, 2017)

SBA Makes Changes to its Surety Bond Program (September 18, 2017)

Small Business Size Standards: Rubber Gloves; Termination of Nonmanufacturer Rule Class Waiver (April 21, 2017)

Small Business Size Standards: Adoption of 2017 North American Industry Classification System for Size Standards.  (April 18, 2017)

Small Business Size Standards:  Rubber Gloves; Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule (March 14, 2017)

Correction to Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs.  (December 27, 2016)

Correction to rule on:  North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 31-33, Manufacturing (December 21, 2016)

Women’s Business Center Program.  (November 22, 2016)

Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery Order Contracts, Bundling, Consolidation (October 3, 2016)

Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery Order Contracts, Bundling, Consolidation; Correction (September 30, 2016)

Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act Amendments (September 30, 2016)

Small Business Timber Set-Aside Program (September 27, 2016)

Business Loan and Surety Bond Guarantee Programs (August 9, 2016).

HUBZone and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 Amendments (August 4, 2016)

Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs (July 25, 2016)

Affiliation for Business Loan Programs and Surety Bond Guarantee Program (June 27, 2016)

Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Amendments (May 31, 2016)

Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer Program Policy Directive (May 31, 2016)

Statement of General Policy, SBA Size Policy Statement No. 3:  interaffiliate transactions exclusion.  (May 24, 2016)

Surety Bond Guarantee Program changes (April 22, 2016)

Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer Program Policy Directive (April 7, 2016)

Office of Management and Budget

M-16-07 Reporting of Accelerated Payment to Small Business Subcontractors.  (March 21, 2016)

Small Business Administration

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program: Identification of Eligible Industries (March 3, 2016) 

Small Business Size Standards: Industries with Employee Based Size Standards Not Part of Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, or Retail Trade (January 26, 2016)

Small Business Size Standards: Manufacturing (January 26, 2016)  

Small Business Size Standards: Employee Based Size Standards in Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade.  (January 25, 2016)

Small Business Size Standards: Inflation Adjustment to Monetary Based Size Standards.  (January 25, 2016)  

National Marine Fisheries Service

Single Small Business Size Standard for Commercial Fishing Businesses (December 29, 2015)

Small Business Administration

Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business – Certification (December 18, 2015)

Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines.  (November 6, 2015)

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Payment to Small Business Subcontractors; Withdrawal.   (October 28, 2015)

Small Business Administration

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.  (September 14, 2015)

Department of Energy

Fiscal Year 2015 Small Business Contracting Goals.  (May 14, 2015)

Small Business Administration

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.  (May 1, 2015)

Miscellaneous Amendments to Surety Bond Guarantee Program.  (April 14, 2015)

Extension of comment period:  Small Business Mentor Protégé Program; Small Business Size Regulations, etc.  (April 7, 2015)

Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Business Status Protests.  (March 10, 2015)

Small Business Administration

Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act of 2013.  (March 9, 2015)

Reliance on advisory small business size decisions from Small Business Development Centers or Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.  (February 11, 2015)

Government-wide mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns, joint ventures, etc.  (February 5, 2015)

Waivers of Nonmanufacturer Rule:  Warehouse Instantly Adjustable Racking Systems.  (January 30, 2015)

Waiver of Nonmanufacturer Rule for Scientific Vacuum Pumps.  (January 28, 2015)

Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act of 2013.  (December 29, 2014)

Agent Revocation and Suspension Procedures.  (December 12, 2014)

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Policy Directives: Data Rights; Phase III Award Preference.  (November 7, 2014)

Correction to Small Business Size Standards: Industries with Employee Based Size Standards Not Part of Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, or Retail Trade.  (October 20, 2014)

Agent Revocation and Suspension Procedures.  (October 16, 2014)

Small Business Size Standards for Manufacturing.  (September 10, 2014)

Industries with Employee Based Size Standards Not Part of Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, or Retail Trade.  (September 10, 2014)

Advisory Small Business Size Decisions.  (June 25, 2014)

Inflation Adjustment to Monetary Based Size Standards.  (June 12, 2014)

Corrections to a 10/2/2013 document.  (June 3, 2014)

Small Business Subcontracting; Corrections.  (May 23, 2014)

Employee-Based Size Standards in Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade.  (May 19, 2014)

Notice of rescission of four class waivers of the Nonmanufacturer Rule, NAICS code 335999, 335122, 335110, and 335311.  (April 11, 2014)

Surety Bond Guarantee Program.  (January 13, 2014)

Small Business Innovation Research Program Policy Directive.  (January 8, 2014)

Small Business Technology Transfer Program Policy Directive.  (January 8, 2014)

Small Business Blogs

Blog Organization
SCORE Success Blog SCORE
Small Business Federal Government Contracting  
Small Business Watchdog SBA, Office of Advocacy
Open For Business SBA

Government Needs, Contracting Offices &  Awards

Federal Needs & Awards ― FedBizOpps.Gov
Supplier-connection
State, County, & Local Contracting Offices
Federal Procurement Data System ― Next Generation
USASpending.gov

Recent News

Small Business Administration

Federal Government Breaks Contracting Record for Women-Owned Small Businesses (March 4, 2016)

Veteran Entrepreneurs Honored During National Veterans Small Business Week.  (November 2, 2015)


Audits, Reports & Hearings

Hearings

U. S. Senate

Hearing: Ramifications of the Supreme Court Kingdomware Decision
(June 24, 2016)

House of Representatives

The House Research and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled: SBIR / STTR Reauthorization: A Review of Technology Transfer.   (June 16, 2016)

The Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access of the Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled: SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Offices (February 3, 2016)

Markup, House Small Business Committee:  H.R. 4341: Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016 (January 14, 2016)

Hearing December 9, 2015 entitled:  Supporting Success: Empowering Small Business Advocates (December 10, 2015)  

November 18 2015 hearing entitled:  Continuing Challenges for Small Contractors (November 19, 2015)

November 4, 2015, hearing entitled: An Examination of Continued Challenges in VA’s Vets First Verification Process.  (November 5, 2015)

On October 27, 2016, there was a hearing entitled, Maximizing Mentoring: How are the SBA and DoD Mentor-Protégé Programs Serving Small Businesses?  (October 28, 2015)

The Blacklist: Are Small Businesses Guilty Until Proven Innocent?  (September 30, 2015)

House Committee on Small Business

Hearing entitled: Contracting and the Industrial Base Part III: Reverse Auctions, Verification and The SBA's Role in Rulemaking.  (March 20, 2015)

Hearing entitled:  Contracting and Industrial Base II: Bundling, Goaling, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals.  (March 18, 2015)

Contracting and the Industrial Base.  (February 13, 2015)

House of Representatives

March 19, 2013 hearing entitled:  Consistently Inconsistent: Challenges for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.  (March 20, 2013)

House Committee on Small Business

Testimony from an September 20, 2012 hearing entitled — Sequestration: The Threat to Small Businesses, Jobs, and the Industrial Base.  (September 24, 2012)

House Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology

Testimony from an September 11, 2012 hearing entitled — Medicare’s Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program: How are Small Suppliers Faring?  (September 12, 2012)

House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Veterans Affairs

Video and testimony from a July 24, 2012 hearing entitled — Odyssey of the CVE (Center for Veterans Enterprise) (August 3, 2012)

House Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce

Video and testimony from a June 7, 2012 hearing entitled:  Scheduling Success? Issues and Opportunities for Small Businesses on the GSA Schedules (June 8, 2012)

House Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform

Statements from a February 7, 2012 hearing entitled—Jobs for Wounded Warriors: Increasing Access to Contracts for Service Disabled Veterans (February 8, 2012)

Audits

Small Business Administration

SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program Eligibility.   (April 8, 2016)

Government Accountability Office

Alaska Native Corporations:  Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Limit SBA's Ability to Monitor Compliance with 8(a) Program Requirements.  (March 22, 2016)

Veteran-Owned Small Businesses:  VA Improved Its Verification Program but Lacks an Effective Operational Plan for Ongoing Efforts.  (March 22, 2016)

Small Business:  Action Needed to Determine Whether DOD's Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program Should Be Made Permanent (November 17, 2015)

Small Business Research Programs:  Challenges Remain in Meeting Spending and Reporting Requirements.  (April 16, 2015)

Small Business Administration

Evaluation of Select 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone Contract Awards.  (September 25, 2014)

Opportunities Exist for the SBA to Improve the Monitoring of Non-Manufacturer Rule Waivers and Determine the Impact on Small Businesses.  (August 15, 2014)

Government Accountability Office

Small Business Innovation Research:  DOD's Program Supports Weapon Systems, but Lacks Comprehensive Data on Technology Transition Outcomes.  (December 23, 2013)

Small Business Administration

Opportunities Exist to Further Improve Quality and Timeliness of HUBZone Certifications.  (November 25, 2013)

The SBA’s FY 2012 Reported Improper Payment Rate for Disbursements and Contracting was Inaccurate and Incomplete.  (October 30, 2013)

Benefits of Mentor Protégé Joint Ventures are Unknown: Robust Oversight is Needed to Assure Success and Avoid Abuse.  (October 25, 2012)

Department of Defense

Inadequate Controls Over the DoD Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside Program Allow Ineligible Contractors to Receive Contracts.  (pdf)  (February 29, 2012)

Government Accountability Office

DOD Weapon Systems: Missed Trade-off Opportunities During Requirements ReviewsHighlights(pdf)  (June 17, 2011)

Small Business Contracting: Action Needed by Those Agencies Whose Advocates Do Not Report to Agency Heads as RequiredHighlights (pdf)  (June 17, 2011)

Small Business Contracting: Survey of 25 Agency Advocates—an E-supplement.  (June 17, 2011)

National Aeronautics And Space Administration  Review of NASA's Management of Its Small Business Innovation Research Program.  (pdf)  (January 13, 2011)

Government Accountability Office Small Business Administration: Undercover Tests Show HUBZone Program Remains Vulnerable to Fraud and AbuseHighlights.  (pdf)  (July 29, 2010)
Government Accountability Office 8(a) Program: Fourteen Ineligible Firms Received $325 Million in Sole-Source and Set-Aside ContractsHighlights.  (pdf)  (April 30, 2010)
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